Denise Sandoval

Denise Sandoval

Lowrider Historian and Professor of Chicana/o Studies, Cal State Northridge

Denise M. Sandoval, Ph.D is a Professor of Chicana and Chicano Studies at California State University, Northridge (2002 to the present). She received her doctorate in Cultural Studies from Claremont Graduate University (2003). Her work has created important cultural conversations around the exploration and celebration of lowriders. Over the last two decades, Sandoval has served as the guest curator/community researcher for three exhibitions on lowrider culture at the legendary Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles (2000, 2007-08, and 2017-2018). Her most recent curated exhibition is ¬°Viva Viclas! The Art of the Lowrider Motorcycle (October 3, 2019-February 9, 2020) at CAM Raleigh in North Carolina. Additionally, she was interviewed for two documentaries on lowriders - Automania and Modern Marvels - for HISTORY .

Sandoval has been a professor in Chicana/o Studies/Ethnic Studies for more than 20 years and her research interests include popular culture and the arts, cultural histories of Los Angeles, oral history and community histories.